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Ankunda
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$207
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$0
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Fully funded
Ankunda's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2020.

Photo of Ankunda post-operation

January 3, 2021

Ankunda underwent a safe c-section delivery.

Ankunda had a c-section as her baby was in a breech presentation. She welcomed a baby boy weighing 2.6 kgs. Ankunda and her baby boy are in good health condition and happy to have headed home. After a full recovery, Ankunda proudly plans to practice farming along with her other duties of providing mobile money services to her customers.

Ankunda says, “Thank you Rushoroza Hospital and WATSI for the support towards my delivery; may God bless and reward you.”

Ankunda had a c-section as her baby was in a breech presentation. She welcomed a baby boy weighing 2.6 kgs. Ankunda and her baby boy are in ...

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September 29, 2020

Ankunda is a mobile money agent from Uganda. She completed class four in secondary school but did not proceed with education after that due to limited financial support from her parents. She works on a casual basis for one of the mobile money agents in Kabale and shared that her salary is still very small. Her husband is a brickmaker in their village and also earns a limited income. Their firstborn is three years old and hasn’t yet started school. They don’t own land for a house of their own for shelter, instead staying with her husband’s parents. During her free time, she very much likes playing a game called netball.

Ankunda is currently expecting her second child. Her doctors recommend that she deliver via a caesarean section because breech presentation. This way, doctors can ensure the safety of both mother and child.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Ankunda undergo a C-Section on September 29th. This procedure will cost $207, and Ankunda needs your financial support.

Ankunda shared with us, “we are feeling helpless and are seeking financial support. I plan to practice farming in addition to mobile money services to be able to increase my income and assist my husband to develop our family.”

Ankunda is a mobile money agent from Uganda. She completed class four in secondary school but did not proceed with education after that due ...

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Ankunda's Timeline

  • September 29, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ankunda was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • September 29, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ankunda received treatment at Rushoroza Hospital. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • September 29, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ankunda's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ankunda's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 3, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ankunda's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

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Funded by 3 donors

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Treatment
Caesarean section (C-Section)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $207 for Ankunda's treatment
Hospital Fees
$119
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$36
Labs
$25
Other
$10
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The symptoms depend on the particular condition that is being indicative of the c-section. Usually the doctor schedules a c-section because she anticipates complications closer to the time of labor. A common reason for c-section is a previous c-section, which can make a vaginal birth more difficult. The previous c-section may have been performed as an emergency, for fetal distress, if the mother's pelvis is too small, or if there was a previous or current complication of pregnancy. A more complete set of indications for a c-section includes: 1. Breech presentation- position in which the feet or buttocks appear first during birth 2. Diabetes in childbirth/Gestational diabetes - in pregnant women who have never had diabetes before caused by improper insulin responses, can lead to macrosomia (large baby) and making vaginal birth difficult. 3. Ectopic pregnancy - a pregnancy in which the fetus develops outside the uterus, typically in a fallopian tube 4. History of molar/ectopic pregnancy- previous pregnancy(cies) in which the fetus develops outside the uterus, typically in a fallopian tube. 5. History of pre-term labor - Previous regular contractions of the uterus resulting in changes in the cervix that start before 37 weeks of pregnancy. 6. Multiple gestation - carrying two or more fetuses simultaneously. 7. Oligohydramnios - a condition in which not enough amniotic fluid, which surrounds the fetus, is produced. 8. Pre-eclampsia - high blood pressure in pregnancy characterized sometimes with fluid retention and proteinuria (abnormal quantities of protein in the urine). 9. Pre-term labor - regular contractions of the uterus resulting in changes in the cervix that start before 37 weeks of pregnancy. 10. Rupture of uterus before labor - A full thickness disruption of the uterine wall before labor resulting in life threatening maternal and fetal compromise. 11. Rupture of uterus during labor- A full thickness disruption of the uterine wall during labor resulting in life threatening maternal and fetal compromise. 12. Suspicion of chorioamnionitis - intra amniotic infection. Typically results from bacteria ascending into the uterus from the vagina and is most often associated with prolonged labor. 13. Suspicion of cord compression - obstruction of blood flow through the umbilical cord secondary to pressure from an external object or misalignment of the cord itself. 14. Suspicion of morphological/functional placental abnormality - abnormal structure (as with twinning) and functioning of the placenta. Other abnormalities of placenta are degree or site of inplantation and mechanical abnormalities. 15. Suspicion of other membrane abnormality. 16. Suspicion of other umbilical cord condition - the cord that connects the fetus to the placenta during gestation. It could be infected or have another condition. 17. Suspicion of placenta previa - A condition in which the placenta partially or wholly blocks the neck of the uterus, thus interfering with normal delivery of the baby. 18. Suspicion of placental separation/hemorrhage - a pregnancy complication where placental lining has separated from the uterus of the mother prior to delivery. It is the most common pathological cause of late pregnancy bleeding. 19. Suspicion of placental transfusion syndromes - a disease of the placenta or afterbirth that affects identical twins or higher multiple gestations pregnancies who share a common monochorionic placenta. Causes disproportionate blood supply resulting in high morbidity and mortality. 20. Suspicion of prolapsed cord - umbilical cord prolapse is where the umbilical cord comes out of the uterus before the baby's head and can cause still birth as it cuts off blood flow and oxygen to the baby. 21. Suspicion of unspecified membrane abnormality. 22. Unspecified high risk pregnancy - when there are potential complications that could affect the mother, the baby or both. Example maternal age, medical conditions that exist before pregnancy or occur during pregnancy. 23. Unspecified obstetric trauma - injuries suffered by women during delivery, usually refers to perineal lacerations/ tears- the perineum separates the vagina from the anus.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Puts the mother's and baby's health and survival at risk.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In low and middle income countries, large sectors of the population lack access to basic obstetric care. Therefore, maternal mortality continues to be high. According to WHO, every year in the world, there is an additional need for 0.8-3.2 million c-sections in low income countries where 60% of the world's births occur.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Please refer to the AMHF treatment process document.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Safe delivery. A healthy baby and mother. Prevention of mortality and complications, such as vesico-vaginal fistulae (VVF).

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Elective c-sections are considered relatively safe. But it does pose a higher risk of some complications than does a vaginal delivery. Example: a longer recovery time needed, heavy blood loss, infection, blood clots in the legs or lungs, bowel problems, fetal injury: placenta complications, breaking open of the incision or scar. However, when a c-section is truly needed, the procedure is life saving.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few quality centers with qualified personnel and adequate equipment to perform a c-section.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Trials of vaginal delivery can be tried in some women but for many expectant mothers an elective c-section is planned because the doctor deems a trial of vaginal delivery unsafe or even impossible.

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81% funded

81%funded
$1,222raised
$278to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Naw Kwee

Naw Kwee Moo is a 54-year-old woman from the Karen region in Burma, who lives with her husband and their family in a refugee camp. Of her children, three daughters and three sons still live in the refugee camp along with them near the Thai-Burma border. Naw Kwee is a homemaker and her husband is currently too ill to work. Five of their children go to school in the camp, four other children have moved away, and her second oldest son graduated from a post-secondary program in May 2020. He worked as an agricultural day laborer at a nearby Thai village until mid-December 2020. Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, he was no longer allowed to leave the camp. Naw Kwe’s household receives a monthly cash card to purchase basic rations. Although they receive free education and basic health care in the camp, they shared how hard it is to make ends meet. Starting four years ago, Naw Kwee often went to the camp’s hospital run by Malteser International (MI) Thailand to receive treatment for urinary tract infections (UTI). Most of the time, she would feel better after taking medication, but she was no longer able to work as an agricultural day laborer because of her pain. Over the next few years, she was diagnosed with chronic UTI. “I think my condition was caused from consuming dirty water,” she said. “When I worked as a day laborer, we had no access to clean water.” Naw Kwee received antibiotics through an intravenous (IV) line at the camp’s hospital. When her condition did not improve, a doctor at the camp’s hospital referred her again to Mae Sariang Hospital in March 2020. There she received a urine test and an x-ray of her kidneys, ureters and bladder. She was finally diagnosed with a right kidney stone. After multiple visits, the doctor at Mae Sariang Hospital referred her to Chiang Mai Hospital (CMH) for further treatment. However, Naw Kwee could not travel to CMH for a while due to travel restrictions after the outbreak of Covid-19. Finally, last June medical staff from her camp were able to bring Naw Kwee to Chiang Mai. During her appointment, the doctor scheduled her to undergo an intravenous pyelogram on July 16th, 2020. After she received a diagnostic test, she returned to CMH for her follow-up appointment on November 19th, 2020. During her appointment, she received more tests and it was at her next appointment Naw Kwee was told she needed to undergo multiple rounds of laser treatment to break up the stone in her kidney. She received her first round of laser treatment on February 11th, 2021. Two days later, she developed a fever and could only pass a bit of urine. She also started to experience severe back pain and other troubling symptoms. MI staff took her back to the hospital where she received an ultrasound. The nurse shared with her that after her laser treatment, the stones had broken up and many of them where now stuck in her ureter, creating a blockage. She now needs emergency surgery to remove the stones. Our Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund is seeking $1,500 to support her surgery and finally relieve her of her painful condition.

81% funded

81%funded
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$278to go